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Asian chicken salad with noodles and peanut sauce

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Introducing my new favorite Asian chicken salad: crunchy veggies, soft noodles, grilled or cooked chicken – all mixed in with the delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce.  So tasty! Fast and easy!  A great dish to prepare after a busy work day. If you’ve got some leftover chicken (grilled, cooked, boiled, etc.) – this is a perfect recipe to use it up! If you are a peanut sauce addict, you’ll love the exceptional flavor of the dressing!

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If you tend to get bored with the regular pasta salads, this recipe is a great alternative and a great way to bring some variety (and color!) into your everyday meals.  Best served at room temperature (not too cold and not too hot).  Enjoy!

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Asian chicken salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Asian chicken salad

Ingredients

    Salad Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, such as JiF
  • Noodle Salad:
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions or scallions, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken or shredded cooked chicken

Instructions

    To make salad dressing:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine and whisk together the vegetable oil, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and peanut butter. Optional: if your sauce is to thick, add a little bit of water at a time to reach the desired consistency (maximum 1/4 cup of water).
  2. To prepare noodle salad:
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti (or linguine) and cook according to package directions. Drain, rinse under very cold water (to stop cooking), drain again and set aside.
  4. Bring another pot of salted water to a boil, add the sugar snap peas, and cook for about 5 minutes, until peas are crisp tender. Drain, rinse under very cold water (to stop cooking), drain again and set aside.
  5. Combine the noodles, sugar snap peas, rec bell peppers and green onions (scallions) in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the noodle-veggie mixture. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and toss together. Top with sliced or shredded chicken. Alternatively, you can mix in the chicken together with other salad ingredients and toss with the salad dressing.

Notes

Adapted from Food Network

http://juliasalbum.com/2014/03/asian-chicken-salad-recipe/

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  • ela@GrayApron March 25, 2014, 4:54 am

    I agree… me too – love the crunchy veggies, soft noodles and juicy chicken…covered in delicious sauce! 🙂 ela

  • Ashley March 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Mmmm I love peanut sauce! This sounds like an awesome salad! Perfect for lunches too!

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 25, 2014, 12:45 pm

    You reeled me in with “sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce” – this sauce sounds amazing!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes March 25, 2014, 3:13 pm

    That’s a great combination…your chicken salad looks super duper delicious, Julia.

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy March 25, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 26, 2014, 3:05 pm

    Oh, Julia! This looks so good…I do enjoy Asian salads a lot! This one with peanut sauce (my fave), ginger, noodles, chicken, and also all those tasty Asian condiments fills the eyes of many. I bet this is love at first bite…

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen March 26, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Gorgeous pictures Julia! So vivid! I feel like I could reach into the computer screen and touch the food. Love the combination of flavors in this salad!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs March 26, 2014, 5:18 pm

    What a pretty dish! And interesting combo of flavors. I don’t really get bored with pasta salads, but it’s always nice to have a change of pace. And this is such a great switch from what I normally do! Really nice — thanks.

  • Liz March 26, 2014, 5:28 pm

    I’m going to make this for dinner ASAP!!! I love Asian noodle salads!

  • Suzanne March 26, 2014, 9:48 pm

    That looks delicious – I love those flavours. It is so pretty too with all those colours.

  • Daniela March 26, 2014, 11:36 pm

    It looks and sounds so good!
    Crunchy and soft, spicy and sweet- could’nt wish for more.
    Oh and Julia- it’s such a beautiful dish:)

  • Jill @ Vintage Kitchen March 27, 2014, 10:11 am

    I love Asian noodle dishes! This one looks like a keeper!

  • Deb March 27, 2014, 11:06 am

    The lush opening photo has me making a grocery list for the scrumptious Asian Chicken Salad! Such a great dinner recipe!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 29, 2014, 1:30 am

    Julia, you had me at “delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce”! This is definitely going on our spring menu. You are right, this is the perfect chicken pasta salad when you want great flavor and color! Just gorgeous, my friend. Thank your for sharing. Already pinned! 🙂

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